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Genesis 1:1 is the creation of the entire universe without any barrier between God and his creation.
By Genesis 1:2 we have an elapse of time during which the universe (“the world that then was” 2 Peter 3:6) was judged, being overflowed with water.
The beginning state in Genesis 1:2 is darkness and chaos – that is not the same as Genesis 1:1. Since God is not the author of confusion, we know that this is a fallen state – and it was the result of Satan’s fall and the judgement of the ancient world that pre-existed ours.
Then we have God starting anew – but this time he will divide his realm of Light (“Day”) from the area of darkness. Division is good as it prevents us from being immediately wiped out by God as the prior world suffered.
In the meantime the waters that flooded out the prior universe are gathered into a giant sea which divides the Light now turned on again in the third heaven (God’s realm) – from the Night which will be the name of the darkness beneath the surface of this Sea.
Our universe is basically an bubble within the Sea – an area of “space” which is called the second heaven. The first “heaven” is the sky surrounding planet earth.
It is not until the 4th Day that God turns on our local Sun and solar system.
In Revelation we learn that the new heavens and earth have no Sea. The barrier will be removed at that time, and once again God will dwell with his creation without division.
Christians are literally born from above: “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” 1 Thess. 5:5.
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Revelation 21:1 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”